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5 of the Best Ways to Engage Your Parents with Alzheimer’s Disease

Judie Rappaport
April 24, 2017

Alzheimer’s disease is irreversible. The disease systematically destroys your parent’s ability to use and rely on the critical skills and cognitive functions we develop from infancy through adulthood. There are struggles with memory, orientation to time and place, discerning right from wrong, avoiding harm, and problem solving. However, there is help and there is hope.

Over time, your parent will lose the instincts and memories that are needed to function safely and appropriately in all areas of living including driving, self-medicating, eating, writing, reading, cooking, interacting socially, cleaning, playing sports, grooming, and making financial or legal transactions.

For an AD parent each day may seem like a new experience for them, so it is important to make sure there are daily activities planned for your parent. Although activities don’t slow the progression of Alzheimer’s, they can significantly improve your parent’s quality of life.

Here are 5 activities that your parent with Alzheimer’s can enjoy:

Make a scrapbook with old family photographs and magazine clippings. It’s a very creative and easy activity that also can be turned into a routine. You can modify this activity to make it more or less challenging to fit the skills of your parent.
Cooking or baking together can be a very meaningful activity for your parent because of the time spent creating something together. Even if it is just chocolate-chip cookies made from pre-made cookie dough.
Going for walks with your parent can feel liberating and will help keep them healthy. Pack a picnic or bring a camera to take photos of what they find interesting.

Write a poem together as this can be fun and added to the scrapbook once it’s completed.
Helping others can combat the feeling of uselessness that your parent might be experiencing. Participating in a toy drive has the potential of involving multiple activities like collecting toys and taking a trip together to deliver them. You and your parent can even start a food drive by collecting nonperishable items from your neighbors and grocery store.



Judie Rappaport, President & Founder
Preferred Lifestyle Services

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